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CDT in Sustainable Chemistry: fully funded 4-year PhD studentships in the area of Sustainable Chemistry

Fully-funded PhD scholarship in a range of STEM disciplines available at the EPSRC and SFI CDT in Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products

Opportunities in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Material Science

Fully funded scholarships available to home students

The EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products, would like to invite suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from all the above or similar disciplines to apply for 48-month PhD studentships to work in one of three research thematic areas:

CDT Training Programme

Our students undertake a 4-year PhD programme, the first year offering the opportunity to access a balanced combination of core and research themed training. Our core training is designed to equip students with knowledge and tools related to the broader aspects of their research such as sustainability, entrepreneurial skills and responsible research and innovation. This includes a wide range of workshops focusing on professional skills, career development and wellbeing. Research theme training will focus on topics specific to each theme. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, group activities and lab sessions.

Over the remaining three years, whilst working on their research projects, students will continue to receive cross-disciplinary training and will be presented with a wide range of additional training opportunities tailored to support them at different stages of their PhD.

CDT in Sustainable Chemistry

Benefits of joining our CDT

  • An excellent research environment, with world class facilities
  • Access to an extensive cross-disciplinary training programme
  • Purposefully tailored research theme-specific technical/lab training
  • Cohort approach to training with emphasis on collaborative work in smaller teams
  • Access to training facilitated by BiOrbic, University College Dublin
  • Access to external training, workshops and conferences
  • Excellent professional skills training package
  • Fully funded external internships with national/international companies or academic institutions
  • An annual stipend of £15,609

Application criteria

Ideally, candidates will hold one of the following:

  • A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course, or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Material Science, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Chemical, Environmental Engineering, Pharmacy, Synthetic Biology, Computational Biology/Chemistry or a related subject
  • A 3-year undergraduate course in one of the above disciplines plus a Master’s degree and/or at least one year’s experience in industry.

The Centre would particularly welcome enthusiastic and highly motivated applicants with a strong academic curiosity and aptitude for research. Applicants should be committed to working in cross-disciplinary teams and be passionate about working towards a more sustainable future.

The University of Nottingham and our CDT are committed to providing an inclusive study environment for all students. We welcome applications from candidates from different backgrounds and protected characteristics, including those from BAME backgrounds.

We offer flexibility in provision of student support including disability support plans and mechanisms to accommodate those with caring responsibilities including maternity and paternity leave.

Eligibility information

Due to our funding restrictions, at this stage of our recruitment process, we are only able to consider applications from candidates with Home fee status.

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